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Letters to Santa event brings Christmas cheer to Craig kids

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with Craig kids Wednesday at the Craig Daily Press' annual Letters to Santa event.

Children lined up at the Craig Daily Press on Wednesday evening to drink hot cocoa and sit on Santa's lap, telling him precisely what they want for Christmas.

Some desired several gifts, while others asked for just one.

"I asked for a pair of (ski) goggles," said Kylie Plate, who grinned with excitement, hoping that Jolly Old Saint Nick would fulfill her request.

Mrs. Claus patiently sat next to Santa as he graciously listened to each small child's wish at the newspaper’s annual Letters to Santa event.

Kids dropped their letters off, and Santa generously agreed to allow the newspaper to print each letter in the Christmas Eve edition of the Craig Daily Press.

"It's so exciting to see children in the Christmas spirit," said Daily Press Publisher Renee Campbell. "There's just something so special about visiting Santa, and the Craig Daily Press is pleased to offer that opportunity to Craig kids."

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Bank of Colorado was a co-sponsor to the event, and bank employees Ashley Green and Audrey Anna Masterson showed their festive spirit by pouring hot chocolate for kids and their parents.

"It's just fun to see them, and they're all so joyous this time of year," Masterson said. "We're glad to help."

To add to the cheer, Robert Libbee, owner of Quality Plus One Hour Photo in Craig, took photos of the kiddos sitting on Santa's lap.

"It's so great," said Amanda Buckner, who brought her daughter to see Santa. "The girls were super impressed."